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Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:13:08 PM »
...because what happened is just creepy enough for me to decide to let someone official take a look instead of me.

The young married couple across the street from us have always seemed like perfectly normal people. They seemed a little young to have a mortgage, but what do I know? They have no history of being unusual in any way - they have two young kids, both under 5 (maybe even 4?), and they enjoy the hobbies that are common where we live.

I came home from the grocery store and noticed that there is a large doll (I think it was called "My Size Barbie" maybe?) duct-taped to their mailbox, with a bandana tied across it's eyes. I snapped a couple of photos but don't want to post them (their house number is clearly visible). I wafled for a bit, then decided that it was just too weird to ignore.

Here's hoping that I just have an overactive imagination, and not that I'm suddenly living in the midst of a true-crime novel. :-\
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 01:22:09 PM »

Better a false alarm, than calling someone after the fact.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 01:40:03 PM »
Here's hoping that I just have an overactive imagination, and not that I'm suddenly living in the midst of a true-crime novel. :-\
Surely there is a local ordinance against taping Barbies and/or bananas to mail boxes: following the outbreak in 1957 in Belgium, I'm sure there is in Europe.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2015, 01:45:13 PM »
I'm with AtheistsMeow. If it's a misunderstood prank, you can apologize to everyone involved and move on. If it's part of a larger, more serious pattern, you've brought the authorities into the loop. The latter is about as much as a concerned neighbor can do, outside of fiction.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2015, 01:51:29 PM »
That's pretty much what I decided too. I'd rather apologize for involving the police unnecessarily than regret not calling. I just thought about what response I would want from my neighbors if I was going to come home from work and find that - I'd certainly prefer that someone noticed and expressed concern than ignored it completely.

I'm sure it's just a prank, but on the remote chance that it isn't...
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2015, 02:13:32 PM »
Obviously, they are preparing for the return The Walking Dead.  ;D

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2015, 02:16:22 PM »
TBH, it's something I would have hesitated over as well. Your application of the Golden Rule here is a good one, I think.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2015, 02:42:06 PM »
Kids were bored?
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2015, 03:13:29 PM »
^^^Most likely. I had to leave for work before the police arrived, so I have no idea what came of it.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2015, 04:05:17 PM »
When I was a kid me and my friends used to make minibombs with soda. I remember a neighbor calling the police and then me telling the cop, "This is how you do it." and then he replied, "Cool! My kids are going to love it." They actually exploded like a bomb. As long as it exploded before hitting the object you through it at, all it'd do is drench the object with soda.

But I stopped telling people how to do it because they started using other canned objects that could cause damage, can or liquid. I felt somewhat guilty.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2015, 05:06:19 PM »
Maybe it's some bizarre scavenger hunt type of thing.  It certainly is strange.  Not something I would want a 4 year old to see. 
It doesn't make sense to let go of something you've had for so long.  But it also doesn't make sense to hold on when there's actually nothing there.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2015, 06:32:31 PM »
^^^Most likely. I had to leave for work before the police arrived, so I have no idea what came of it.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2015, 06:36:35 PM »
Disturbingly weird. And kind of involved for a kid's prank. Almost more of a warning or threat.  :-\
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2015, 06:53:55 PM »
^^^That's the thought I couldn't quite shake off.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2015, 11:17:44 PM »
It was meant for some Godless heathen who's rumored to live on that street, but the perp got the address wrong.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2015, 06:56:15 AM »
Here's hoping that I just have an overactive imagination, and not that I'm suddenly living in the midst of a true-crime novel. :-\
Surely there is a local ordinance against taping Barbies and/or bananas to mail boxes: following the outbreak in 1957 in Belgium, I'm sure there is in Europe.

While Belgium is infamous for its elaborate mail boxes, sometimes depicting the gruesome slaughter of woodland creatures or sporting examples of cryptobiology, the affixing of plastic avatars to one's mail box has never been 'a thing' around here.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2015, 07:07:33 AM »
Did you call the neighbors and ask them about it first?

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2015, 09:11:05 AM »
Did you ever find anything out about this? I've thought of the weirdness since you first posted it and i keep wondering if you learned anything about it.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2015, 09:26:55 AM »
Sorry, I forgot to post the follow up!

They were pretty sure it wasn't anything serious - the consensus is that it was a prank. They were a little uneasy about it, but not alarmed; wife was understandably more bothered by it. Nothing weird has happened since that I am aware of.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2015, 10:41:29 AM »
Thanks for the update. Maybe there was some bad horror movie where someone did something like that, and the kids thought it would be funny.  :(
Extraordinary claims of the bible don't even have ordinary evidence.

Kids aren't paying attention most of the time in science classes so it seems silly to get worked up over ID being taught in schools.

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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2015, 11:22:43 AM »
While Belgium is infamous for its elaborate mail boxes, sometimes depicting the gruesome slaughter of woodland creatures or sporting examples of cryptobiology, the affixing of plastic avatars to one's mail box has never been 'a thing' around here.
King Boudewijn himself ordered the suppression of all details in the Belgian press.
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Re: Waiting for a patrol car to stop by my neighbors house...
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2015, 05:35:26 AM »
Hopefully it was no more than a harmless prank!    :o